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Lemon Cupcakes

Lemon Cupcakes - Lemon Cupcakes! Need I say more? This lemon cupcake recipe is tangy, sweet and has the perfect moist crumb.

Lemon Cupcakes


Lemon Cupcakes! Need I say more? Lemon cupcakes are the perfect Spring treat, right?  This lemon cupcake recipe is tangy, sweet and has the perfect moist crumb.


This recipe makes 24 luscious cupcakes.  So share with friends and neighbors.  I sent them with my husband to share with his co-workers.

Lemon Cupcakes - Don't Sweat The Recipe

I changed up the recipe just a little to give these cupcakes more fresh lemon flavor. They are even better the next day, so if you have the time make them ahead.

Don't Sweat The Recipe
Lemon Cupcakes


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Lemon Cupcakes
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Recipe type: Cupcakes
Serves: 12 cupcakes
  • For the cupcakes:
  • 2¼ cups cake flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1¼ cups buttermilk
  • 4 large egg whites
  • 1½ cups sugar
  • lemon zest from two lemons
  • ¼ cup fresh squeezed lemon juice (about 2 lemons)
  • 1 stick (8 tablespoons) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • ¼ teaspoon pure lemon extract
  • For the icing:
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
  • 4 oz. cream cheese, softened
  • Juice and zest from 2 lemons
  • Generous pinch of salt
  • 4 cups sifted confectioner’s sugar
  1. Center a rack in the oven to 350 degrees F. Prepare cupcake tins by using liners or spray with non-stick cooking spray
  2. Sift together the flour, baking powder and salt.
  3. Whisk together the milk and egg whites in a medium bowl.
  4. Put the sugar and lemon zest in a mixer bowl or another large bowl and rub them together with your fingers until the sugar is moist and fragrant. Add the butter and, working with the paddle or whisk attachment, or with a hand mixer, beat at medium speed for a full 3 minutes, until the butter and sugar are very light.
  5. Beat in the extracts and lemon juice, then add one third of the flour mixture, still beating on medium speed. Beat in half of the milk-egg mixture, then beat in half of the remaining dry ingredients until incorporated.
  6. Add the rest of the milk and eggs, beating until the batter is homogeneous, then add the last of the dry ingredients.
  7. Give the batter a good 2-minute beating to ensure that it is thoroughly mixed and well aerated. Place the batter into the cupcake tins.
  8. Bake for 18-22 minutes, or until the cupcakes are well risen and springy to the touch – a thin knife inserted into the centers should come out clean. Cool on wire rack.
  9. To make the icing: In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, thoroughly mix together the butter and cream cheese. Add the lemon juice, zest, and salt and mix to combine. On low speed, add the confectioner’s sugar, one cup at a time until you reach the desired spreading consistency. To finish, frost the cooled cupcakes and serve.

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  1. Reply

    These look so yummy! Perfect for a spring party. I love a combination of sweet and tart.

  2. Reply

    We love the flavor of lemon and also love cupcakes at our house so this is a win/win. Thanks for sharing.

    1. Reply

      Thank you for stopping by Rebecca!

  3. Reply

    I absolutely love lemon anything – anytime – hmmm may have to make some of these for our superbowl party! thanks for sharing your post at #TGISaturdays

  4. Reply

    These look SO light and fresh! Perfect for a dessert at a brunch! Pinning and sharing!

    1. Reply

      Thank you so much, Tara!

  5. Reply

    These look simply amazing!

    1. Reply

      Thank you, Sarah!

  6. Reply

    Yum thanks for sharing. I posted a lemon bread recipie for one of my posts today. I love the flavor of lemon its really good. Have a great day.

    1. Reply

      Thanks for stopping by, Stacey!

  7. Reply

    I’ve made Pink Lemonade Cupcakes before and they were delicious! I bet these are too 🙂 I hope you can stop by:



    1. Reply

      Colletta, thank you! I will definitely drop by.

  8. Reply

    I love lemon anything! These sound so good!

    1. Reply

      Thank you, Heather!

  9. Reply

    These look divine. I just want to run my finger in that frosting. Glad you shared on Tuesday Talk today. Adding to my recipe file.

  10. Reply

    The frosting on the cake just looks so yummy! Thanks for sharing the recipe!

    1. Reply

      Thank you for stopping by, Crystal!

  11. Reply

    Yum! These look really good!! Pinning for later…:) #SmallVictories

    1. Reply

      Thank you, Danita!

  12. Reply

    These look so lovely! (And are making me crave cake, which can only be a good thing! 🙂 #sharewithme

  13. Reply

    Lemon is my favorite! Looks yummy. Thank you for sharing at Merry Monday!

  14. Reply

    These look delicious – lemon is my favourite flavour for cake, jam, tart – whatever – the tarter the better! But cupcakes and lemon drizzle drizzle are my absolute favourite. Will give this recipe a try 🙂 #Sharewithme

    1. Reply

      Thanks, Sara!

  15. Reply

    What is better than cake and cake with a Citroen flavour is amazing! Can’t wait to try these.

    1. Reply

      Thank you, Catie!

  16. Reply

    Oh wow these looks PERFECT and delicious

    1. Reply

      Thank you!

  17. Reply

    Yum! Lemon cupcakes sound so good right now!

    1. Reply

      Thanks you for coming by!

  18. Reply

    these look absolutely amazing, found your recipe through the link party and decided to shared and pinned, keep making great food!

    1. Reply

      Thank you, Cassandra!

  19. Reply

    Thank you for sharing your lemon cupcake recipe with us at Brag About It! Pinned and tweeted 🙂

  20. Reply

    Lemon in cupcakes, brilliant.

    1. Reply

      Thank you for coming by, Anna!

  21. Reply

    First of all, I love these sweet little lemony beauties. Second, you’ve helped me solve a major problem! I really want to become a better baker. One thing that’s holding me back is I just can’t have baked goods lying around the house all the time. I would be a house in no time flat as I have zero will power. I never thought to send them off with my husband to bring to work! Genius! Thanks for linking up at Saucy Saturdays.

    1. Reply

      I’m glad I could be of service, Christine! hehe I send most of my baked goods to his office or neighbors. They are too tempting to keep around the house.

  22. Reply

    Your pictures are beautiful! I love lemon and these sound yummy. Pinned it!

    1. Reply

      Thank you so much, Jennifer! Still working on it but I’m learning more and more every day.

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  24. Reply

    These look fabulous. Have not had a cupcake in ages.

    1. Reply

      Thank you, Suzi!

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  26. Reply

    I love Lemon anything so this look like just my thing


    1. Reply

      Thanks, Molly!

  27. Reply

    Thank you for sharing your yummy cup cakes on SYC. Jo

    1. Reply

      Thank you, Joanne!

  28. Reply

    Oh these look delicious! Like you said, so refreshing for Spring. Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  29. Reply

    Oh my!! My 13 year-old would LOVE these!! She loves lemon cake and cookies 🙂 I may have to make these for her.
    Thanks for sharing with us at #MMBH!

  30. Reply

    I love lemon cupcakes and these look so very good. Cream cheese icing is one of my favorite toppings. It’s hard to imagine that these wouldn’t taste amazing. Yum!

    Sally @ Life Loving

  31. Reply

    Your Lemon Cupcakes look beautiful! Love the cream cheese icing and the cake would be so moist with the buttermilk too. Pinned and shared. Thank you for bringing this little taste of spring to the Hearth and Soul Hop.

    1. Reply

      Thanks, April!

  32. Reply

    They look delicious. I love lemon flavored desserts. Thank you for sharing with Delicious Dishes Recipe Party! Hope to see you again this week!

  33. Reply

    These look amazing – almost too pretty to eat! Thanks for sharing!

    1. Reply

      Thank you, Emily!

  34. Reply

    I love lemon flavored desserts! I’m totally making these this weekend! Pinning! #ShareWithMe

    1. Reply

      Thanks, Erin! I hope you enjoy the cupcakes!

  35. Reply

    Oh my goodness these look absolutely amazing I have a soft spot for lemon and cupcakes right up my street. Great food styling too. Thanks for the continual support of my linky and blog as it gets quieter and quieter I am hoping to turn it around and save SWM. #sharewithme

    1. Reply

      Thank you, Jenny! I will keeping coming and give it a share!

  36. Reply

    Oh I love all things lemon! These look great. Featured at Be Inspired this morning. Thanks so much for sharing!

    1. Reply

      Thank you so much, Sharon!

  37. Reply

    Your Lemon Cupcakes look amazing! Hope you are having a great day and thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

    1. Reply

      Thank you, Miz Helen!

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    Hi and welcome to Thriving on Thursdays linky party. Thanks so much for linking up last week. Your lemon cupcakes look so gorgeous. I want to eat one right now. I’m featuring your post at tomorrow’s party. Thanks for coming and I hope to see you again.

    Anne @ Domesblissity

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      Thank you so much, Anne!

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